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Prior Learning Assessment

Community College of Philadelphia helps students succeed by awarding college credit for learning achieved outside the traditional college classroom. Credit is awarded for learning that matches a particular course in your program of study.

Ways to Earn College Credit for Prior Learning

Advanced Placement

Students may receive credit for some courses by taking the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exam. Test scores are valid for five (5) years. View accepted courses for college placement and/or credit below.

*Test scores are valid for ten (10) years.

Advanced Placement Examination Minimum Score College Equivalency Course Title Credits
Calculus AB 4

Waived from math portion of the College's placement test AND receive credit for MATH 171

Calculus I 4
Calculus BC 4 Waived from math portion of the College's placement test AND receive credit for MATH 171 and MATH 172 Calculus I & Calculus II 8



CHEM 121

College Chemistry I




CHEM 121 & CHEM 122

College Chemistry I & College Chemistry II


Chinese Language and Culture 3 CHIN 101 and CHIN 102 Elementary Chinese 6
English Literature and Composition 4 Waived from English portion of the College's placement test    
French Language and Culture 3 FREN 101 and FREN 102 Introductory French 6
Italian Language and Culture 3 ITAL 101 and ITAL 102 Elementary Italian 6
Japanese Language and Culture 3 JAPN 101 and JAPN 102 Elementary Japanese 6
Psychology 4 PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Spanish Language and Culture 3 SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish 6
United States History 4 HIST 101 and HIST 102 United States History: Colonial America & 19th Century 6

Technical Studies Program

The Technical Studies program is designed for students who seek a degree that recognizes work and experience as part of college learning. Refer to the Technical Studies page for more information.

Credit By Exam

Students may receive credit for some courses by taking a standardized exam, such as CLEP, or a departmental challenge exam. Learn more about the credit by exam options.

Prior Learning Assessment for Veterans

Some of the training and instruction you received in the military may be eligible for college credit. Refer to PLA for Veterans for more information.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

High school students can earn college credit towards their program of study at Community College of Philadelphia. Students must meet with their guidance counselor to review requirements for earning college credit. Visit CollegeTransfer.Net for a listing of approved courses. Completed Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR) applications must be submitted by the Office of Career and Technical Education at the School District of Philadelphia to traneval@ccp.edu for processing.

Evaluation of Noncredit or Alternative Learning

Professional training programs such as the police academy, noncredit courses, and other career and technical programs may be eligible for college credit. Students may also develop a portfolio for individual assessment of college-level learning for some courses. For consideration, please follow the steps below.

  1. If you are a first-time student or have not attended the College within the past two years, complete an admissions application. All other students proceed to step 2.
  2. Review the list of courses.
  3. Visit College Credit Fast Track to upload your documentation (i.e., approved certification, credential, noncredit transcript or portfolio) for review. *Note: All submissions will require a nonrefundable payment of $159 for evaluation. Payment does not guarantee course credit. It is strongly recommended that you seek guidance from the departmental contact prior to documentation upload.

Approved course credit will be applied to your academic record within 30 business days.

For additional information, contact  Bianca Cummings at bcummings@ccp.edu or 215.751.8916.